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Colorado bakery refuses to bake cakes for ‘illegal’ gay weddings

Monday, July 23, 2012

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — A Denver-area bakery has refused to bake a wedding reception cake because the clients are gay, and according to another customer bakery does “not participate in making cakes for ‘illegal’ things.”

Dave Mullins, 28, and Charlie Craig, 31, said they stopped by Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., last week to order their wedding reception cake, but that bakery owner Jack Phillips refused they request because his business doesn’t create cakes for gay weddings, reported Denver’s Westword.

The couple, who is planning to marry in Provincetown, Mass., in September, said they planned to celebrate with a reception for friends and family in Denver in October.

“It was the most awkward, surreal, very brief encounter,” Mullins says. “We got up to leave, and to be totally honest, I said, ‘Fuck you and your homophobic cake shop.’ And I may or may not have flipped him off.”

Mullins said he posted his reaction on Facebook, and since then similar stories about the cake shop have surfaced, and Yelp reviewers have written more than sixty comments expressing disgust.

One Yelp user, Samantha S. recounted, “I feel I need to disclose to anyone with an ‘alternative’ lifestyle, that this company does not want your business, as they do not participate in making cakes for ‘illegal’ things, such as a commitment ceremony (exact quote).”

As it turns out, Masterpiece Cakeshop has refused to bake cakes for other occasions as well, one commenter on CitySeach calling it “Judgmental Conservative Service.”

Westword said it has been unable to get a comment from anyone at Masterpiece about the accusation.

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31 more reader comments:

  1. Post the name so nobody go to buy any cake

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 4:25pm
  2. POST on EVERY site..

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 4:25pm
  3. “illegal”? as if they r making guns and selling crack! They make it sound so bad!

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 4:26pm
  4. its their choice if they want to be bigots, one day they’ll hang their heads in shame

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 4:28pm
  5. Masterpiece in Lakewood. I am ashamed for them!

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 4:29pm
  6. phone order THOUSANDS of cakes and cancel…wear these bigots out!

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 4:30pm
  7. This business needs a “Straights Only” sign out front. Right next to the sign that says, “A fucking asshole owns this place.”

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 4:33pm
  8. i think this is great, one needs to know their enemies and one also now knows who to boycott!!

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 4:35pm
  9. people shldnt shop there

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 4:36pm
  10. Wow, losing a lot of business… Their choice, their loss.

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 4:41pm
  11. We need the full name and address and phone number to this place so we can post this and tweet. It is time to put all of these companies on blast!!!! Someone start a Page for this.

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 4:43pm
  12. Hi it’s Colorado!! are we surprised!! a rather large collection of close minded red necks!

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 4:50pm
  13. 3355 South Wadsworth H-117
    Lakewood, CO 80227
    303-763-5754

    Take a look at our diverse Cakeshop galleries to see for yourself.

    Masterpiece Cakes are perfect for any occasion, and they taste incredible. Choose from any of our many flavors, frostings and fillings for your wedding, birthday party or any special occasion.

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 4:52pm
  14. I love the fact that the haters are letting us know who to boycott, it takes a lot of work out of it for us. :)

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 4:52pm
  15. And they have the gall to use the word DIVERSE in the description of their second rate product.

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 4:52pm
  16. Hmmm If you go to the web sight there is an e-mail address posted. E-mail them.

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 5:00pm
  17. their loss!

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 5:29pm
  18. $$$$ will talk Their ignorant loss

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 5:38pm
  19. The odd thing. If the couple is getting Married in MA, then it’s not illegal. It’s very much legal. Judge ordered, congress approved.

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 5:44pm
  20. great idea people these places need to be put out there so people know what kind of place they buy they’re stuff from I would never buy from any place that disscriminates!

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 5:45pm
  21. There are numerous bakeries who would welcome the LGBT business!

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 5:58pm
  22. So, they refuse to honor breaking the law???

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 6:00pm
  23. Messianic Colorado
    Numerous gay activist politicians, celebrities, and corporations are calling for a boycott of Chick-fil-A because of their stand against homosexual marriage. In response, Mike Huckabee has called for this coming Wednesday (July 25th) to be “National Eat at Chick-fil-A Day.” Grabbing lunch at Chick-fil-A this Wednesday would be a tasty way to express your gratitude and support for a Christian owned company that is receiving persecution for upholding biblical convictions.

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 6:02pm
  24. Say goodbye to your business!!!

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 6:22pm
  25. if i could bake better i’d make cakes for glbts all the time :)

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 7:11pm
  26. this makes me laugh

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 7:34pm
  27. i’m sorry but baking is very gay…

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 8:41pm
  28. we should all bake them cakes. it could be kinda’ fun!

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 8:41pm
  29. well u know where i would tell them to put their cakes…. exactly. i hope ur business goes to the ground because that is seriously stupid, immature and ignorant

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 10:28pm
  30. bastards

    Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 11:40pm
  31. How is a “commitment ceremony” illegal? I’ll tell you, it’s not. As long as someone doesn’t try to claim on legal records that you’re married, you can legally have any kind of freaking ceremony you want! Just goes to show how much bigotry makes the I.Q. go down!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 12:35am